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Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784).  Poems on Various Subjects.  1773.
 
A Rebus, by I. B.
 
I.
A BIRD delicious to the taste,
On which an army once did feast,
  Sent by an hand unseen;
A creature of the horned race,
Which Britain’s royal standards grace;        5
  A gem of vivid green;
 
II.
A town of gaiety and sport,
Where beaux and beauteous nymphs resort,
  And gallantry doth reign;
A Dardan hero fam’d of old        10
For youth and beauty, as we’re told,
  And by a monarch slain;
 
III.
A peer of popular applause,
Who doth our violated laws,
  And grievances proclaim.        15
Th’ initials show a vanquish’d town,
That adds fresh glory and renown
  To old Britannia’s fame.
 
 
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